If I couldn’t answer that question, you’d rarely see any images on this site at all! You should definitely know how to take a screenshot in Windows 7. Besides, it’s really easy!
Taking a screenshot in Windows 7
The easiest way to take a screenshot in Windows 7 is to use the Snipping Tool.
If there’s one Windows 7/Vista feature that I totally love then it’s the Snipping Tool. You can take a screenshot of your desktop in less than 3 seconds.
Where can I find it?
The Snipping Tool can either be found at C:\Windows\system32\SnippingTool.exe or in Start Menu/All Programs/Accessories.
How do I take a screenshot?
Windows 7/Vista only: Open the Snipping Tool, then click on “New”. The area behind the snipping tool will be greyed out and you can now draw a rectangle to make your screenshot. The rectangle defines the size of your screenshot. Draw a large one if you want to take a screenshot of the whole desktop.
If you need it regularly, you should pin it to the taskbar!
Of course you can also simply press “PrintScreen” and then paste the screenshot into Paint or Photoshop, but the Snipping tool is so much faster. It also allows you to highlight things and save the image as a JPG file.
Taking Screenshots Ingame
If you want to take a screenshot ingame you are either lucky and the game has a built-in screenshot function (most games nowadays have one) or you need a tool like Fraps. Below I listed two examples that might help you to find out how you can capture screenshots ingame.
If you are looking for a free alternative to Fraps, you might want to try out GameCam to capture your screenshots ingame:
How to take a screenshot in Aion
Aion has a built-in screenshot function: Press “PrintScreen” (PrtScn) and paste it into your favorite photo editing tool.
How to take a screenshot in Oblivion
Morrowind Oblivion also has a built-in function to take screenshots, but you will have to activate it first.
- Open Oblivion.ini, to do that go to C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Games\Oblivion\Oblivion.ini
- Find bAllowScreenShot=0
- Change to bAllowScreenShot=1
- Save (Strg+S)
Now you can take screenshots in Oblivion, they will automatically be saved to C:\Program Files\Bethesda Softworks\Oblivion